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Rann of Kutch

The Rann of Kutch is the large area of salt marshes located in the Kutch district in Gujrat and on the southern tip of Sindh , Pakistan covering an area of 7,505.22 sq km in size and is one of the largest salt desert in the world. The name "Rann " comes from the Hindi word  ran meaning "Desert" and the hindi word is derived from the sanskrit word irina. It is divided into three parts :

  • Great Rann of Kutch
  • Little Rann of kutch
  • Banni Grasslands

The marsh covered the huge area and is positioned between the Gulf of Kutch and the mouth of Indus river in southern Pakistan. Luni River, which originates from Rajasthan lies in the northeast corner of Rann of Kutch. There are sandy islets of thorny scrub, forming a wildlife sanctuary. Different religions are found here which include : Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism and Islam. An unexplained strange dancing light phenomena known locally as Chir Batti (ghost lights) occurs in Rann at nights.

Indo-Pakistan International Border

  • The Northern boundary of Rann of Kutch forms the International Border between India and Pakistan.
  • Pakistan has constructed Left Bank Outfall Drain (LBOD) project to bypass the saline and polluted water which is not fit for agriculture.
  • Rann of Kutch is joint water body of India and Pakistan.
  • Water released by the LBOD is enhancing the flooding and the quality of water bodies which are source of water to salt farms.

Rann Utsav

Rann Utsav is a celebration of life, festivities and culture of Kutch and Gujarat. Landmark of bestowing grace and elegance where the people from all over the world are gathered for more than 2 months. Visitors experience the diverse traditions and the generosity and hospitality of Kutchi people at Rann Utsav. Rann utsav hosts activities such as :

Rann utsav

  • Horse Rides
  • Camel Safaris to Bird Watching
  • Pool Table
  • Table Tennis
  • ATV Riding
  • Paramotoring
  • Archery
  • Giant Chess
  • Net Cricket
  • Bicycle.

Tourists visiting Rann of Kutch during Rann Utsav will surely enjoy remarkable moments. Rann utsav is held from 1st November, 2016 to 20th February, 2017. 

Places to Visit

  • Kutch Museum
  • Prag Mahal
  • Aina Mahal
  • Purneshwar Temple
  • Modhera
  • Shri Chnadra Prabh Labdhi Dham Teerth
  • Sharad Bagh Palace

Climate

  • Temperature ranges from 30°C to 48°C in Summer.
  • Temperature ranges from 12°C to 25°C in Winter.

Best time to visit

  • October to Feburary is the best time to visit the great Rann of Kutch.

How to Reach

By Air - Kutch Airport, Bhuj is the nearest airport.

By Rail - Nearest railway station is Kutch Railway Station which is connected to all major cities.

By Road - Kutch is well connected to all the major cities through road.